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The 10 best Airbnbs in Florence for an idyllic tuscan getaway

We've picked the top places to stay in the romantic capital of the Tuscany region

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Jennifer Banful
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There’s a reason why Florence has such a name for itself. This magical city is home to endless opportunities for fantastic food, history and culture. Stuff your face with fresh pasta at Il Giova or sample the world’s most delicious sandwich from a hole in the wall. Get lost in the Uffizi Gallery, go high-end shopping on Via Roma, and make sure you end the day watching the sunset at the jaw-dropping Piazzale Michelangelo. 

Heard enough to book your ticket? Don’t blame you. Whether you’re headed out on a romantic couple’s retreat, with family or to live out the solo-traveller-main-character holiday of your dreams, you’re going to want to stay somewhere to suit your needs. And lucky for you, Airbnb has everything you can imagine. Ready? Check out the best Airbnbs in Florence right now. 

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The 10 best Airbnbs in Florence

A Renaissance stay in the centre
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A Renaissance stay in the centre

This place is designed to look just like Florence in the early Renaissance, and the results are incredible. The beds and furnishings look fit for royalty, and guest reviews describe feeling like they are living inside a painting. The host will even talk you through the history of the apartment when you arrive. It doesn’t get much better than this. 

Best for: An extravagant couple’s retreat, where you can enjoy a glass of wine from your balcony with a spectacular view of the Duomo. We’re not saying propose here, but we’re not not saying it either…

What’s the budget range? On the pricier scale for a typical three-night stay in this ornate home – close to Piazza del Duomo. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 2 baths. Sleeps 3. 

Tuscan loft with a pool in Scandicci
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Tuscan loft with a pool in Scandicci

Just outside of Florence in Tuscany (about a 15-minute drive), you’ll find miles of serene green space. And this newly-renovated early 20th-century apartment has an area all to itself, offering spectacular views of Florence from the panoramic terrace. Oh, and it’s got its own huge outdoor pool surrounded by olive trees. No, really. 

Best for: Travelling with a car, and immersing yourself in rural Tuscany. 

What’s the budget range? A super budget-friendly option for a couple of nights. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 4. 

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A palace in a quiet spot in San Niccolò
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A palace in a quiet spot in San Niccolò

In the neighbourhood of San Niccolò, just by the river Arno, you’ll find a quiet street with narrow streets and tall historic buildings. But inside this flat is where the magic really happens. Bare brick walls, exposed beams, huge glass doors leading from one room to the other. Cosy but special. 

Best for: You’re so close to the Piazzale Michelangelo here, you may as well head up there every evening at sunset with a bottle of wine. 

What’s the budget range? A little dearer than most for this characterful abode with gorgeous natural surroundings.  

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 2. 

Time Out tip: If you're looking for Instagram-able spots you're in luck. You're right on the heels of Belvedere Fort and Giardino Delle Rose. 

Former leather shop in the piazza
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Former leather shop in the piazza

This flat’s location (right on Piazza della Signoria) is what sells it, but it just so happens to have absolutely smashing interiors too. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill Airbnb - it’s adorned with elaborate chandeliers, hanging art and period furniture. But in the other half, you’ve got black-and-white prints, modernist staircases, and random mannequins. Oh, did we mention it used to be an a Leather Showroom?

Best for: Not only do you wake up on Florence’s most culturally significant piazza, but you’re right next to some of Florence’s best galleries, like Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. 

What’s the budget range? A stunning yet economical choice for a group booking. 

Rooms: 3 beds, 3 baths. Sleeps 8 guests.

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Whole house in the Tuscan hills
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Whole house in the Tuscan hills

As well as checking out all of Florence’s best tourist attractions, those who get the chance should get the bus out to the Fiesole Hills, just 15 minutes out of main town Florence. But if you really want to experience this natural landscape, why not rent out this mega house for a whole family, complete with a huge private terrace and barbecue? The host also seems up for you hosting (civilised) parties and events. 

Best for: Fiesole’s brilliant hiking trails, and the Roman Theatre. 

What’s the budget range? An absolute bargain for such a picturesque location. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 2. 

Arty two-bedroom in the Oltrarno
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Arty two-bedroom in the Oltrarno

If you want somewhere authentic, but that looks seriously fashionable too, this four-person flat in the Oltrarno district will do the trick. Divided into three districts (San Frediano, Santo Spirito and San Niccolò), you’re located in a quiet spot that’s just outside of the hustle and bustle of Florence’s tourist areas, while still being only a ten minute walk. In fact, it tends to be considered Florence’s coolest neighbourhood. Cool clothes on the rail not included though, I’m afraid. 

Best for: Shopping, eating and drinking. Nab clothing and trinkets at Giulia Materia, Maria Pace and Tabescè, and sample some delicious food at Osteria dell'Enoteca and Trattoria La Casalinga. 

What’s the budget range? A cheap and cheerful option for four pals. 

Rooms: 2 beds, 2 baths. Sleeps 4. 

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The big yellow home
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The big yellow home

You can spot this yellow house from a mile away, but the interiors are just as bright and colourful (and yellow). The kitchen boasts light wood and worn yellow tiles, while the living area gets filled with light every morning through the french windows that open onto the sloping roof. It’s also seriously central - you can wander through Florence’s main attractions all day and flop into bed as soon as you’re home. Blissful. 

Best for: Pretty much all the top culture spots in Florence. Plus, you’re just 20 minutes’ walk from the Ponte Vecchio - Florence’s medieval river bridge, lined with some fantastic souvenir and jewellery stalls - so make sure you don’t miss it. 

What’s the budget range? Another cheap and cheerful option is well-situated in the centre.

Rooms: 2 beds, 1 bath. Sleep 4. 

Medieval tower house in the city center
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Medieval tower house in the city center

This is a great apartment, but what makes it unique is the iconic arch over the top of the open plan kitchen, along with the highest ceilings you’ve ever seen. Wait till your Instagram followers get a load of that (and the classic terracotta stairs). Just out of Piazza della Signoria, you’re in a classic central spot for a bunch of Florence’s top attractions. 

Best for: The piazza, shopping and local restaurants like Coquinarius and Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori. The hosts say they can recommend more. 

What’s the budget range? A moderately-priced option in the centre – ideal for families. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 4. 

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Terraced flat on the river
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Terraced flat on the river

With its exposed beams and clay ornaments, this stylish loft space looks a bit like something out of an interiors catalogue. But the rooftop terrace keeps the charm of the place, decked out with hanging egg chairs and a whole host of plants and cacti, just begging for you to sit and enjoy an Aperol Spritz (or two). 

Best for: Strolling along the Arno River to some wonderful churches. 

What’s the budget range? A super cheap and homey stay for two. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 2. 

A historic home in the heart of Florence
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A historic home in the heart of Florence

Who doesn't love to be within a walkable distance of everything? It's pretty handy, especially if this is your first visit to Florence. And you're certainly in for a treat as soon as you step inside this magnificent apartment – Not only is it centrally located but it's incredibly beautiful everywhere you turn. Look up and you're met with ceilings adorned with original 18th-century frescoes. Continue your musings in the ornate library gallery, dressed with antique furnishings and a tonne of charm. And what better time could there be to try your hand at some pasta making than in the generously sized kitchen? But not before, taking a soak in the bathtub, because we're all for the indulgence.

Best for: Reliving the Renaissance period. 

What’s the budget range? A pretty good steal for front-row views of the Medici Chapels. Stunning. 

Rooms: 3 beds, 3 baths. Sleeps 5. 

 

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